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Madison Falls - Olympic Nat. Park

Elwha River with Mount Olympus

Lake Mills with Mount Olympus

Lake Mills with ocean in far backgound

Seattle - Outside Pike Place Market

Worker showing fish with help of boy from crowd

Worker catching a fish - Blurry pic because they throw fast

How about som sea food?

Space Needle

Downtown Seattle - 2 sports arenas & white ferryboat in bay

Downtown Seattle - Monorail track (right) Mt. Rainier (background)

Union Lake near downtown Seattle

Thursday, May 31, 2007 we drove north on Highway 7 to Tacoma, Washington. On this road and many other roads in Oregon and Washington we have seen many trucks full of huge logs. This particular time the passing log truck must have picked up a rock and through it at our windshield. It hit with a bang and that left two round circles, each about the size of a quarter in the passenger windshield. That is our second hit on the windshield; we got one on the driver's side when we were in Michigan. That one left a running crack on the driver's side windshield and it had to be replaced. I think this one can be repaired without replacement. When we got to Tacoma, we went to Wal-Mart to get supplies and to the Flying J for Diesel at $2.83 per gallon. We then drove north on highway 16, which circumvents the Puget Sound on the west side. We drove over the replacement bridge of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. Back in 1940 there was a bridge they called Galloping Gertie, which was an architectural failure because it broke apart in a windstorm just four months after it was opened. We also crossed another interesting bridge the Hood Canal Bridge. It is a floating bridge even though it has a concrete roadbed, it floats on pontoons under the roadbed. You would think it would move as you drive over it, but I could not detect any movement as I drove the RV. We arrived at the little town of Chimacum, Washington where the Evergreen Escapees Park is located. This is another of the Co-Op parks that we are a members of and they are always nice parks and inexpensive. This Escapees park does not let you park on leaseholder's property, instead all short-term folks park on a gravel lot with all the utilities available there. They have a Wifi network but it is only open to leaseholders, a little bit snobby if you ask me. Anyway, we decided to stay here a week, so that we could rest some and visit downtown Seattle and Olympic National Park.

Friday, I got a haircut, went to the local library to use the Internet and visited an auto glass facility to see if they could repair the windshield. They will come out Wednesday at 9:00am to fix the windshield and Progressive Insurance will waive the deductible so that is all good.

Saturday, we drove the Jeep to Port Angeles to check out the town and the harbor area. After lunch we drove only a few blocks to the north entrance visitor center of Olympic National Park. This is a huge park with many entrances but this entrance is just outside the town of Port Angeles. Olympic National Park is a very diverse park. It has snowcapped mountains, rain forest, hot springs, lakes, rivers, waterfalls and a large part of Washington's west coast oceanfront. We visited a waterfall, a lookout observation spot and a lake, which is Port Angeles water supply. Beautiful, sunny weather today.

Sunday, we did an afternoon drive to the town of Port Townsend, about 10 miles from the RV Park. We found some seashells and some interesting rocks on the beach. We visited the Fort Worden State Park to see the lighthouse and then happened upon the fairgrounds to watch some kids ride their horse around some poles. Back to the water front street to visit some of the quaint little shops. We had dinner at what looked like a very nice restaurant and it was but I was not excited about the prices; $10 for a hamburger and fries was about the cheapest item on the menu.

Monday, there was a threat of showers today but we headed for Seattle anyway. We drove about 50 minutes to Bainbridge Island to catch the ferry to Seattle. It was a 35-minute ride on a large ferry that carries cars and walk-on passengers. Upon arrival we walked three blocks to catch a double-decker tour bus that allows you to hop on and off at any of the seven stops. We rode the tour bus around to Pike Place Market and got off. That is the place noted for throwing fish, but they also have three levels of interesting shops and eating-places. We had lunch there. It is an old market with open shops and the street outside still has the brick pavers. It was a fun place to visit. We caught our tour bus again and rode over to the Space Needle, a "left-over" of the 1962 World's Fair. Even thought it was a cloudy day, we still had a good view of the city. You could just barely make out Mt. Rainier and Mt. Olympus, which you would ordinarily be able to see. At the inside observation deck there were free telescopes and a couple of electronic displays that I thought were interesting. One of them was a touch screen display where you could choose from a list of sights to see and a camera would zoom in and show you that sight or you could manually zoom in on anything of your choice. A revolving restaurant is one level below the observation deck. We did not visit there. We took the elevator down and again caught our tour bus and completed the tour loop back near the ferry building to complete the day.

Tuesday and Wednesday, we did laundry, washed the Jeep and the RV. This Escapees Park has a car wash pad and allows RV washing. Most other RV Parks do not allow washing of your vehicles. Wednesday morning, the Ding Doctor came and fixed the windshield. It took him about 50 minutes to complete. You can barely see the spot now and it didn't cost me anything. Next, we are heading into eastern Washington State.

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